Helen’s top ten tips
Have you found yourself taking endless pictures since you became a parent? Do you find your photos sometimes don’t do justice to your bundle of joy? Capturing those precious early memories can be tricky when you’re also trying to get your head around feeding, nappies, teething and tantrums, but you’ll be pleased to hear that help is at hand in Helen Webb’s beautifully presented book “Shoot the Baby”.
The book is written for parents, not professionals, and includes advice on everything from props to lighting and how to ensure your baby smiles. “Shoot the Baby” is easy to read and can be used with any type of camera – from mobile phone to SLR.
Here are just a few of Helen’s top tips to ensure your pictures – and baby – stand out from the crowd:
- De-clutter your shots. A camera won’t filter out irrelevant detail as your brain does. Watch out especially for washing, dirty plates or anything behind your baby’s head. Move yourself, the baby or the mess until your shot is clutter-free.
- Take a step closer – Or crop the shot later. Remember, there’s no pavement in the Mona Lisa. As a simple rule, try to fill two thirds of the shot with your subject.
- Personality shots – All babies smile and all smiling babies are gorgeous. But don’t forget to capture the serious, sad, cross and tired looks – to help you remember all those quirky little mannerisms.
- Consider the light – The light in a photo is as important as the subject. Look for the direction and quality of your light source and use natural light (not flash) whenever possible.
- Bin most of your pictures – To improve your photography instantly, simply delete the bad ones! No professional will show you everything they took.
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For more advice, as well as cute composition ideas to try yourself, see “Shoot the Baby”, by Helen Webb, available from Amazon or to order from your local bookshop at £12.99.